I think the hallway, landings and stairway is a really important, but sometimes overlooked part of the home. As you enter a house, you are almost always greeted by the stairs leading up to the next floor, and, being a high-traffic area, it can quickly become more shabby than chic. Sticky kids fingers and muddy feet are a constant feature in a family home!
Our house is an L-shaped Victorian semi, and the front door is at the side of the property. We don’t have an entrance hallway (a serious bugbear of mine, and I long for an imposing entrance like the one below), but as it is, the front door opens onto a 1 x 1.5 metre space and the stairs.
Towards the end of last year, I decided to give the hallway a freshen up. I started by giving the walls a lick of white paint. We tend to use the trade white from Crown, as its inexpensive and a nice, chalky colour. Then I wanted to add a feature wall at the top of the stairs, and collaborated with Paint company Kalklitir, who make lime paint in a range of neutral shades. I love the texture of the paint, and the effect made when applying it in a criss cross motion.
Purchasing some wooden brackets from Ikea, and some macrame plant hangers from JYSK, I roped my husband in to help put them up, and then filled them with faux plants and a trailing ivy. As this area doesn’t get much sun, opting for artificial greenery means that your plants won’t die from lack of sunlight. I also added these wall lamps from Iconic Lights. They came with white shades, but I preferred them without, and instead turned them upside down and used them as the plant pots!
I also hung an amazing neon light, gifted from Bag and Bones, which states ‘Let’s Stay Home’ and lights up the whole space at night!
On the next landing, which leads to our bedroom in the loft, I hung a gallery of art prints. This has transformed the feel of this little area, it is now one of the most attractive features of the house.
Lastly, the carpet we had (which had been laid for around five years) was starting to look worn and marked, and no amount of hoovering or patch cleaning would fix it! So I contacted Carpetright as there’s a store very close to us in our local town, and set up an appointment for someone to come and measure up.
After we’d had a quote, and I’d ordered some samples, which were promptly delivered, I decided to pop into store to take a closer look at some larger samples. I have a ‘thing’ for striped, loop pile carpets, and knew I wanted something fairly similar to the carpet we had had before, which was exactly that.
The assistants were extremely helpful, taking me round, and showing me each carpet similar to what I had specified, and which were suitable for demanding areas such as the stairs. I finally settled on the Alaska loop pile in Mineral Stripe.
The fitters were a dream! In and out in such a short time, I was concerned that they wouldn’t have done a good job. We have an unusual area at the top of the first flight, where the steps are triangular in shape, and the previous fitter had struggled to work around the tricky corners. But when I inspected the work once they’d finished I was hugely impressed.
Our hallway is now looking fabulous, it’s light and bright, and smells of fresh carpet. I love that smell! I am no longer ashamed of it, and can welcome people into the house happily, as I know their first impression will be a good one!
As you all know, I love to find inspiration and ideas on Instagram, and I thought I’d show you all a few of my favourite entrances currently gracing the ‘gram. After all, one day I might just get my wish for a large hallway… Here’s hoping!
I hope you also love the above, tap the handles to visit their feeds and see more of their fabulous homes!
Until next time,
*The Carpetright carpet was gifted to me, but I paid for the fitting out of my own money. This is not a sponsored post, and I would only endorse businesses I truly recommend. All opinions are my own.